Saturday, January 5, 2019

Space Observatories Update 01/2019

Not much new this time, only the Kepler mission ended and some schedule rejiggering.

The source data are now available on my space exploration history GitHub repository, together with the included infographics.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Planetary Elongation 2019

All the planetary elongations from the Sun for this year, plus eclipses, full moons and solar transits, in one graph.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Solar System Missions Update 01/2019

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of January 1st 2019.

The year will start off good with New Horizons flyby of 2014 MU69 'Ultima Thule', followed by the Chang'e 4 mission with the first ever soft landing on the lunar far side, presumably on January 3rd. At the end of the Month another Moon mission may launch, the Indian Chandrayaan 2 of ISRO.

InSIGHT is still active on Mars, OSIRIS-REx at Asteroid Bennu, and Hayabusa 2 at Asteroid Ryugu.

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Solar System Missions Update 12/2018

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of December 1st 2018.

So last month Dawn held out just long enough to make it onto the map at publication time, even though it ended on October 31, one day before the day the map says it shows. Anyway, now it is over, and what a great mission it was! Read everything about it in the fabulous Dawn Journal.

This month InSIGHT will become active on Mars, and the first ever Cubesat Mars-flyby of MarCO probes, OSIRIS-REx will arrive at Asteroid Bennu, and the Chang'e 4 mission will likely perform the first ever soft landing on the lunar far side. Hayabusa 2 at Asteroid Ryugu is in Solar conjunction and will be silent for a while.

And still #WakeUpOppy #SaveOppy, pretty please!

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Solar System Missions Update 11/2018

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of November 1st 2018.

This month Parker Solar Probe will set a new record for the closest ever approach to the Sun, provisionally achiving a sizzling 0.166 AU on its first perihelion on November 5. Of course, it will improve on that record on pretty much every subsequent perihelion.

On November 26 we'll have an EDL at Mars by InSIGHT, and the first ever Cubesat Mars-flyby of MarCO probes, OSIRIS-REx is on final approach to Asteroid Bennu, arriving in December. Hayabusa 2 at Asteroid Ryugu is nearing Solar conjunction and will be silent for a while.

And still #WakeUpOppy #SaveOppy, pretty please!

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Solar System Missions Update 10/2018

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of October 1st 2018.

BepiColombo will likely launch this month, Parker Solar Probe is on track for a Venus flyby, Hayabusa 2 at Asteroid Ryugu will attempt to deploy the MASCOT lander, and acquire an asteroid-sample later in October. Meanwhile, Mars lander InSIGHT and the MarCOs are still cruising towards Mars and OSIRIS-REx is on approach to Asteroid Bennu, arriving in December.

And still #WakeUpOppy #SaveOppy

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Space Observatories Update 09/2018

Two new launches, the Parker Solar Probe heliophysics mission through the solar corona, and the Chinese Longjiang 2 Radio observatory in lunar orbit mean another update to the Space Observatories page. Also some delays and a new mission, the IMAP heliophysics mission to be launched in 2024.

The source data are now available on my space exploration history GitHub repository, together with the included infographics.